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Book presentation

1st meeting of KAS alumni stipendiary lawyers in Asia and book presentation

New Developments in Constitutionalism in Asia and Europe

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. has invited its alumni stipendiary lawyers from Asia to meet in Singapore. As part of this, the Rule of Law Programme Asia will present its newest book “60 Years German Basic Law: The German Constitution and its Court”.

Expert conference

6th Conference of the Asian Legal Information Network ALIN

The ALIN is an association of leading law faculties and think-tanks in the field of legislation from all over Asia. At the annual conference current topics as well as academic co-operation within the network are discussed.


2. Summer Lecture on Comparative Constitutional Law

Germany and Eastern Europe

This programme will discuss the constitutional developments of the long established statehood of 60 years in Germany and the much shorter period of constitutionalism in Eastern European coutries from a comparative perspective.


Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Political Financing

Conference in cooperation with the Law Faculty of the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

KAS and the Faculty of the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia will be hosting a conference dealing with the issue "Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Political Financing".


7th Conference of Asian Constitutional Court Judges dealing with "Election Laws",

Adoption of the Jakarta-Declaration establishing an Association of Asian Constitutional Courts

Participants will discuss several issues related to election law. In addition, the Jakarta-Declaration on the Establishment of an Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions will be adopted.


3. Meeting of Preparatory Committee

Asian Association of Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Organs soon to be launched

Judges from Constitutional Courts and equivalent organs will finally discuss the draft of statutes for the establishment of an Asia wide association. The Preparatory Committee meets under the chairmanship of Justice Lee Dong-Heub of the CC of Korea.


Universality of Human Rights

All too often we encounter reservations when discussing the general validity of human rights. At this conference, the concept of universality of human rights, its extent and its philosophical fundament are to be discussed.


The Status of Environmental Law and Measures of Environmental Protection

An Asian-European Comparative Study

Environmental protection in legal terms involves the public administration at large in every country. That refers to masterplanning as well as to decisions in individual cases. Thus, environmental law is dealt with by courts in administrative cases.


17th ASEAN - ISIS Colloquium on Human Rights

Human Rights and Human Security in ASEAN Integration: View from Non-Governmental Actors

This colloquium of think tank institutes, representatives form HR organisations and other influential actors will discuss perspectives to enhance the effectiveness of the newly established ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights AICHR.


Judicial Ethics and the Organization of the Judiciary

The Senate of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung are organizing a conference called "Judicial Ethics and the Organization of the Judiciary". Its objective is to discuss issues related to judicial independence.

Constitutional Processes, Constitutional Commitments, and Democratic Change in Asia

On 28 February 2020, the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia co-organised an academic workshop intended to discuss several questions arising out of two overarching, but interrelated thematic areas: constitutional processes and democratic commitments as well as constitutional integrity and political change in the Asian region.

Global Conference: Judicial Independence under threat?

On 5 and 6 December 2018, Mrs Gisela Elsner participated in the Rule of Law Programme's Global Conference titled Judicial Independence under threat? which took place in Strasbourg, France.

The Practice of Constitutionalism in Asia – Emerging Trends and Contemporary Challenges

2nd Workshop of the Research Group on “Constitutionalism in Asia”

On the 26th and 27th of February 2017, the second meeting of the Asian Research Group on Constitutional Law took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In contrast to the previous year, this time the focus was on current developments and challenges for constitutional practice. With 12 experts from ASEAN countries, as well as from Nepal, Australia and Germany, the role played by law and policy, institutional structures and the rule of law was examined in the light of the linkage between state governance and constitutional development.

Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

Co-organised by the KAS Rule of Law Programme and Osaka University, Graduate School of Law and Politics, the international symposium brought together researchers, lawyers, NGO members and policy makers from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US to discuss issues on environmental rule of law.

Elections and the Rule of Law – 8th Summer Lecture on Comparative Constitutional Law at Peking University

This year, the 8th Summer Lecture on Comparative Constitutional Law was held at Peking University, China, from 1 to 5 August. The event brought together around 80 young Chinese law lecturers, scholars and students, to discuss challenges pertaining to electoral systems and election laws in the jurisdictions of China, Taiwan and Japan.

KAS 6th Alumni Lawyers’ Workshop on ‘Legal Approaches to the Refugee Crisis in Asia’

The KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia held its 6th Alumni Lawyers’ Workshop on 25 and 26 June 2016 at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Singapore. The theme for this year’s workshop was ‘Legal Approaches to the Refugee Crisis in Asia’, and it was indeed timely for us to discuss this subject in light of the 2015 European migrant crisis as well as the Rohingya refugee crisis of Southeast Asia. These events also brought the issues of human trafficking, irregular migration and the persecution of certain ethnic and religious minority groups to the fore and were topics that were actively discussed.

KAS Inaugural Research Group on Constitutionalism in Asia

On 28 and 29 June, the KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia conducted its inaugural Research Group Session on ‘Constitutionalism in Asia’. This event brought together leading experts and practitioners in the field of constitutional law, to engage in a region-wide discussion and consult one another on this important area of the Programme’s work in Asia.

KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia’s 10 Year Anniversary Symposium on ‘The Rule of Law in an Asian Century’

On 27 June 2016, the KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia commemorated the 10th year anniversary of the formal establishment of its regional office in Singapore with a Symposium at Tamarind Hill, Singapore.

Local Self Governance in South Asia: Problems and Prospects

On 8 March 2016 a regional seminar on legal issues in the relations between the central government and member states in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and the host country Nepal was held in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.

Sustainable Management of Coastal and Land Resources in Southeast Asia

Legal, Social, Economic and Environmental Dimensions

An international conference on legal, social, economic and environmental issues with respect to land use in Southeast Asia took place in the Thai capital of Bangkok on November 4th and 5th 2015. The Rule of Law Programme of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation cooperated with the Thailand Research Fund, the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia, and the Economy and Environment Institute of the Lower Mekong sub-region on the occasion of this conference.

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